This week was full of amazing adventure as we headed out to the Olympic Peninsula to study coastal ecology and old growth forests.
I’m sure that most of you have heard of MRSA, whose full name is “Methicillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus” and is often called a “SUPERBUG” since it is resistant to most antibiotics that are used to treat normal Staph infections. MRSA is not a superbug in the way that it is NOT something new, but something that has grown an immunity to normal antibiotic treatments through overuse in medical and agricultural fields. This is the perfect example of Survival of the Fittest, we all know the concept, the weak are killed, the stronger survive. This works in the bacterial world, every time a bacteria is treated with antibiotics there is a chance that a few survive and grow immune to those antibiotics and then multiply, over time there will be NO treatment of certain bacteria with any treatment, however since this is in the future and there is nothing we can do about it we will focus on MRSA and what we can do.
- MRSA results in 27% mortality rate
- Cirrhosis, Renal Insufficiency, Having lived in Nursing home before hospitalization and Admission to ICU increases death by 7-15%
- In 2005 over 94k cases were reported
- Older age and weakened immune systems resulted in higher rates of death
- Contact Sports, close proximity to healthcare workers and unsanitary conditions led to higher rates of infectiosn.
HOW CAN WE TELL IF IT IS MRSA?
Red bumps will appear and look like Pimples or Boils and can resemble a spider bit. If you never felt the pain of a bite or saw a saw a spider on you, chances are it is not.
It will often progress to an open inflamed area of the skin that may “weep” pus or drain other fluids (THESE ARE INFECTIOUS!!!!).
The Following Photos also illustrate MRSA infections
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
This goes without saying that this is ONLY if you cannot reach a medical doctor or Hospital, in normal times NEVER try to treat this on your own, only in the most dire of situations. First of all do not share personal hygiene items, towels, sheets, clothing or toiletries with others. Or if you do make sure they are sterilized and/or treated with 10% bleach solution. To find out how you can create a near limitless (for personal use) supply of Bleach read my post on how to make Bleach from POOL SHOCK.
First you can try to treat with Anti-biotics. it is getting harder and harder to find antibiotics to stock up on. I would look at going to pet supply stores as you can find most anti-biotics for humans for animals as well. Bactroban can still be found via Amazon, click the picture above or the link below.
- SEPTRA (SULFA BASED) Also known as BACTRIM (Trimethoprim)
- Anti Biotic Cream (Prescription)
- Mupirocin (Bactroban)
If you have a boil (It Often does), you need to drain it via lancing. You can often get rid of the infection with proper draining. Make sure that you keep any of the discharge away from any cuts or scrapes or this infection can spread. Keep it clean and clean the area around it that may have been touched by any of the drainage with 10% bleach solution. Look up how to lance a boil properly and NEVER squeeze it like a pimple, this will only spread the infection. Some tips from medical professionals..
- Drain wounds immediately, then soak it with warm water 2-3 times a day and keep it open and allowing to drain
- Make sure it drains all the way or it will come back worse than before
- Clean House/Vehicle/Weapons anything the person may have touched with bleach solution
- Lysol spray will kill it if you have it.
- Use bleach for laundry
- A Soap called Chlorahexadine will kill MRSA on the skin. You can buy this at Walmart and other stores. once you have the wound draining, shower daily with it. Once healed wash with it a few times a month to keep the staph that may be on you in check.
- Keep Fingers out of your nose if you have it, Staph can live in there, so you may want to coat your nose with Prescription Cream.
Honey Has been known to Kill it, if you can use Medical grade Honey like “Medihoney”
TEA TREE OIL has been said to treat it as well, however i would only use this as a last/only resort.
You can STOP the spread of MRSA within your home or community by
- Keeping wound bandaged and covered.
- Sterilize ALL equipment used, or throw it away if it cannot be sterilized. I have a Post on Sterilizing Equipment.
- Wipe any areas exposed with 10% bleach solution.
- Wash Hands vigorously and overdue it.
*This information comes from various sources like medicinenet.com, survivaldoctor.com, the CDC and others.*
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